27 Best Lookouts in the Blue Mountains

Last updated: August 20, 2022

We have listed the 27 best Blue Mountains lookouts, from the Wentworth Falls area to Mount Wilson, via Leura, Katoomba, Blackheath, and Mount Victoria.

The Blue Mountains is by far one of the most popular day trip destinations from Sydney. Suitable to visit during all four seasons, the region consists of several National Park areas and a conservation reserve.

The Blue Mountains is home to many impressive lookouts, some very popular and easy to get to, others not so well-known and located off the beaten track.

Read on, as we have outlined the best lookouts in the most popular areas of the Blue Mountains, including details on how best to find them.

Top 27 Blue Mountains Lookouts

Below is our top 27 best lookouts in the Blue Mountains, with links to their locations underneath the photos. We’ve grouped the lookouts by region to make it easier for you to plan your day.

Some of these lookout points are easily accessible by car, while others require a bit of bushwalking to get to.

The following Blue Mountains lookouts have wheelchair access:

  1. Jamison Lookout
  2. Wentworth Falls Lookout
  3. Echo Point Lookout
  4. Spooners Lookout
  5. Cliff View Lookout
  6. Govetts Leap Lookout
  7. George Phillips Lookout

Lookouts in the Wentworth Falls Area

1. Lincoln’s Rock

Located south of Wentworth Falls on the Kings Tableland plateau, Lincoln’s Rock is one of the most impressive lookout points in the Blue Mountains.

The Kings Tableland plateau forms the eastern boundary of Jamison Valley and extends south to McMahons Point lookout and beyond.

Lincoln's Rock
Lincoln’s Rock (map)

You can either drive to Lincoln’s Rock, which has its own parking area, or you can do a pleasant 40 minutes bush walk to get there.

If you want to go for the hiking option, park your car on Chester Road (off Tableland Road) and follow the Chester Trail and the Little Switzerland Trail to the lookout.

2. Jamison Lookout

The Jamison Lookout is the first major lookout point you will see when you park your car at the Wentworth Falls picnic area car park along Sir H Burrell Drive.

This impressive lookout point offers beautiful scenic views over the Jamison Valley towards Mount Solitary and beyond.

Jamison Lookout
Jamison Lookout (map)

Whilst you can’t see much of the actual Wentworth Falls waterfall from this lookout point, the views are impressive enough to get you excited about what’s to come.

From this lookout, it’s only a short walk to the top of the waterfall, with various other lookouts to enjoy along the way.

3. Princes Rock Lookout

The Princes Rock Lookout is one of the best lookout points in the Wentworth Falls area, with fantastic views of the waterfall, the valley, and the surrounding escarpments.

Princes Rock Lookout
Princes Rock Lookout (map)

To reach this beautiful but somewhat hidden lookout, you have to do the short Princes Rock walking track that starts from Sir H Burrell Drive.

Look out for the signs, and once you’re on the walking track, the lookout is pretty easy to find.

4. Wentworth Falls Lookout

Similar to the Jamison Lookout, the official Wentworth Falls Lookout is also directly accessible from Sir H Burrell Drive.

Wentworth Falls Lookout
Wentworth Falls Lookout (map)

This lookout provides great views over the Jamison Valley, but from a slightly different angle, with glimpses of the top of the waterfall.

Despite its name, you can’t actually see much of the waterfall. But fear not, because the next lookout on this list will definitely make up for that.

5. Fletchers Lookout

The Fletchers Lookout is located very close to the top of Wentworth Falls, offering great views of the waterfall and of the Jamison Valley.

Fletchers Lookout
Fletchers Lookout (map)

This relatively small lookout point is clearly signposted as a short detour from the main Wentworth Falls walking track.

From the Fletchers Lookout, it’s only a short walk to the top of the waterfall, from where you can continue to the Rocket Point Lookout.

6. Rocket Point Lookout

The Rocket Point lookout is another hidden gem that often gets overlooked by visitors to Wentworth Falls, even though this lookout offers the best views of the waterfall.

Rocket Point Lookout
Rocket Point Lookout (map)

The fenced Rocket Point lookout is located high on a cliff edge, offering scenic views of the waterfall, the forest below, and the massive cliff walls surrounding the valley.

From the top of the waterfall, the lookout point can be accessed via a short loop walk that is marked with a small signpost at the intersection.

7. Queen Victoria Lookout

The Queen Victoria lookout is a little-known lookout point that can best be accessed via the Empress Falls track in Wentworth Falls.

This walking track to a beautiful waterfall starts at the Conservation Hut, and the actual lookout is only a few hundred metres away from the starting point.

Queen Victoria Lookout
Queen Victoria Lookout (map)

A short side track opens up to the Queen Victoria Lookout, situated above the Valley of the Waters and facing the beautiful Jamison Valley.

The views reach as far as Mount Solitary straight ahead, and Kings Tableland and the Lincoln’s Rock lookout point on the left can also be identified.

Lookouts in the Leura Area

8. Sublime Point Lookout

Perhaps the most impressive lookout in the Leura area is the Sublime Point Lookout. Interestingly enough, as pretty as the lookout is, it never really gets overly busy there.

Sublime Point Lookout
Sublime Point Lookout (map)

The Jamison Valley views are superb, with Lincoln’s Rock, the Three Sisters, Mount Solitary, and the Ruined Castle also visible on a clear day.

Sublime Point is not only a great destination for scenic views, but it’s also a popular spot for birdwatching and rock climbing.

9. Gordon Falls Lookout

The Gordon Falls lookout and picnic area is located in the eastern part of Leura and marks the start (or end) of the iconic Prince Henry Cliff Walk.

Even though this is a beautiful area, it typically never gets as busy as other similar areas in the Leura and Katoomba regions of the Blue Mountains.

Gordon Falls Lookout
Gordon Falls Lookout (map)

The lookout point can be accessed via a short walking trail starting at the Gordon Falls picnic area, and is suitable for all ages.

The views from the lookout over the valley to Kings Tableland and Mt Solitary are beautiful, but the waterfall is hardly visible during periods of dry weather.

10. Elysian Rock Lookout

Only moments away from the Gordon Falls Lookout is Elysian Rock Lookout, a small vantage point that offers fantastic views of the Jamison Valley.

You can either walk there from the Gordon Falls picnic area or park your car on Olympian Parade (opposite Balmoral Road), from where you can follow a very short walking trail to this lookout.

Elysian Rock Lookout
Elysian Rock Lookout (map)

Elysian Rock consists of two lookout points, joined by the Buttenshaw Bridge. This small footbridge forms part of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk between Scenic World in Katoomba and Gordon Falls Lookout in Leura.

Walking across this footbridge is quite a surreal experience, with attractive views on both sides of the bridge.

11. Olympian Rock

The Olympian Rock Lookout is a 30-minute walk away from Gordon Falls Lookout (and even shorter from Elysian Rock), which also forms part of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk.

Olympian Rock Lookout
Olympian Rock (map)

The views from the lookout are incredible, with the Three Sisters and Mount Solitary further away in the distance visible.

Like Elysian Rock, you can walk to Olympian Rock via the cliff top walk, or otherwise, you can park your car on Olympian Parade at Olympian Place and follow the short trail to the fenced lookout point.

12. Tarpeian Rock

Situated between Leura Cascades and Olympian Rock, the Tarpeian Rock lookout can be easily accessed via a very short walking path from Cliff Drive.

Alternatively, as it’s part of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, the Tarpeian Rock lookout can also be accessed from the Leura Cascades picnic area.

Tarpeian Rock Lookout
Tarpeian Rock (map)

Similar to Olympian Rock and Gordon Falls lookout, Tarpeian Rock offers panoramic views of the Jamison Valley against the backdrop of Mount Solitary, the Narrow Neck Plateau and the iconic Ruined Castle.

The lookout itself is also quite interesting, because of the fascinating circular patterns on the natural sandstone platform you stand on.

Lookouts in the Katoomba Area

13. Echo Point Lookout

The most popular lookout point for tourists is the Echo Point Lookout from where you can enjoy the best views of the famous Three Sisters.

While this lookout is fantastic, there are many more beautiful lookout points in the Blue Mountains without the big crowds.

Three Sisters as seen from Echo Point
Three Sisters as seen from Echo Point (map)

Echo Point looks out over Jamison Valley, densely populated with eucalyptus trees and surrounded by massive sandstone cliffs.

Make sure you follow the walking track to the Three Sisters, past the Spooners Lookout and the Oreades Lookout. At the end of this walk, you can reach the Three Sisters via the Honeymoon Bridge.

14. Spooners Lookout

The often ignored Spooners Lookout can be accessed via a short detour from the walk to the Three Sisters from Echo Point. It’s an extra 5 minutes, and the views from this lookout are very much worth it.

Spooners Lookout
Spooners Lookout (map)

The Lookout was named after Eric S. Spooner, an Australian politician who opened part of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk in October 1934.

What’s great about the Spooners Lookout is that it is located only 200m from the Visitor’s Information Centre at Echo Point and is wheelchair-friendly.

15. Cliff View Lookout

The popular Cliff View lookout point in the Katoomba area can be reached via a short walk from Katoomba Falls Park.

Cliff View Lookout in the Blue Mountains
Clif View Lookout (map)

It’s a very easy, well-signposted walking track that leads to a stunning lookout from where you can enjoy superb views of the valley and the Skyway cable car flying above it.

Similar to the path to the Spooners Lookout, the walking track to the Cliff View Lookout is family and wheelchair-friendly.

16. Juliets Balcony

At Sydney Uncovered, it’s no secret that we are big fans of Katoomba Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the greater Sydney region.

Juliets Balcony is a somewhat hidden lookout point that provides scenic views of both the waterfall in its entirety as well as the valley below.

Juliets Balcony
Juliets Balcony (map)

Juliets Balcony is part of the Katoomba Falls round walk, which starts and ends at Scenic World in Katoomba, but it’s easy to miss the lookout.

Interestingly, the lookout isn’t signposted, but it can be accessed by climbing up a small staircase leading to a rock platform with a fenced-off balcony.

17. Cahill’s Lookout

Overlooking the gigantic Megalong Valley, Cahills’s Lookout is one of the most impressive lookouts in the Blue Mountains, but without the big tourist crowds.

Quietly tucked away along the westernmost point of Cliff Drive, the lookout offers breathtaking views of the valley, Megalong Head, Boars Head Rock and the Narrow Neck Peninsula.

Cahill's Lookout
Cahill’s Lookout (map)

Unlike other popular lookouts in the area, such as Echo Point and Lincoln’s Rock, which overlook the Jamison Valley, Cahills’s Lookout faces the Megalong Valley.

The Narrow Neck Peninsula, clearly visible from the viewing platform, is the plateau in the middle that divides these two large valleys.

Lookouts in the Blackheath Area

18. Mount Blackheath Lookout

The Mount Blackheath Lookout, also referred to as the Blackheath Lookout, is a bit of a hidden gem in the Blue Mountains.

This lookout is located west of the Great Western Highway in the Blackheath area, a less-travelled and more remote area where few tourists go.

Mount Blackheath Lookout
Mount Blackheath Lookout (map)

The Mount Blackheath Lookout not only offers fantastic Megalong Valley views, but it is also a popular hang gliding and paragliding spot.

To get to this lookout, turn into Shipley Road from Station Street, followed by a right turn into Mount Blackheath Road. Keep driving on this road until you reach the lookout area.

19. Evans Lookout

Overlooking the immense sandstone cliffs of the Grose Valley, Evans Lookout is one of the most popular vantage points in the Blue Mountains.

It’s also a starting point for several walking tracks nearby that lead down to the valley’s floor.

Evans Lookout
Evans Lookout (map)

The popular 6 km long Grand Canyon Walk starts and ends at the lookout and leads into the valley through lush rainforest.

Another famous walking track nearby, the Cliff Top walking track, runs between Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap Lookout along the edge of the cliff.

20. Govetts Leap Lookout

Located at the end of Govetts Leap Road in Blackheath, the incredible Govetts Leap Lookout offers stunning views across of the Grose River Valley and beyond.

The name Govetts Leap refers to the 180 metres high waterfall that is visible from the lookout, which was named after William Govett, a surveyor who was the first European settler to have visited this area.

Govetts Leap Lookout
Govetts Leap Lookout (map)

From the Govetts Leap lookout, you have the option to go bushwalking, as several great hiking trails start at the lookout point. One of these tracks leads to the Barrow Lookout from where you can enjoy close-up views of the waterfall and the valley it drops into.

When visiting this fantastic vantage point, be sure to also check out the George Phillips Lookout, which is only a short stroll away. It can be accessed via the family-friendly Fairfax Heritage Walk between the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and Govetts Leap.

21. Pulpit Rock Lookout

Pulpit Rock near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains is a large cliff edge with three lookout points spread across different levels.

A walking path with stairs connects the platforms, with each platform offering a different perspective of the Grose Valley.

Pulpit Rock Lookout
Pulpit Rock Lookout (map)

The Pulpit Rock lookout was first opened to the public in 1935 by Ernest Buttenshaw, the Minister for Lands in the New South Wales government.

It’s not difficult to spend a few hours at Pulpit Rock to take in the panoramic views of the valley and mountain tops on the other side. And without the big crowds, there is more opportunity to take beautiful photos.

22. Perrys Lookdown

The lookout point at Perrys Lookdown marks the start of a very steep walking track to the Blue Gum Forest at the bottom of the Grose Valley.

The panoramic views of the Grose Valley and the high sandstone cliffs of Mount Banks from Perrys Lookdown are fantastic.

Perrys Lookdown
Perrys Lookdown (map)

A short stroll from Perrys Lookdown is the Dockers Lookout, which offers similar views, albeit from a slightly different angle. From this lookout, you can see glimpses of the Blue Gum Forest at the bottom of the valley.

The hike down into the valley is a challenging but rewarding bushwalk adventure. But do remember that climbing back out of the valley is one of the steepest climbs in the Blue Mountains!

23. Anvil Rock

When you’re visiting Perrys Lookdown, it makes sense to also visit Anvil Rock because it’s very close by.

A very short walking trail from the Anvil Rock car park leads to a characteristic lookout point which offers 360-degree views of the Grose Valley and beyond.

Anvil Rock Lookout
Anvil Rock Lookout (map)

The lookout is so named because the actual rock formation, kind of, resembles an anvil. There is even an anvil installed on top of the rock, with a map of landmarks that can be seen from the lookout.

What’s great about Anvil Rock is that it is a bit undiscovered. It typically doesn’t attract any big crowds, mainly because it is a bit isolated.

24. Baltzer Lookout

A 4 km fire trail near Blackheath leads to a lookout where you typically won’t find too many tourists.

The Baltzer Lookout stands at the very edge of Burramoko Head, the walled termination of the Burramoko Ridge above Grose Canyon, offering eye-dropping views of the valley and surrounding escarpments.

Hanging Rock and the Baltzer Lookout
Hanging Rock and the Baltzer Lookout (map)

Nearby Hanging Rock, a large sandstone object that hangs out from a cliff, is one of the most iconic landmarks in the greater Blue Mountains region.

The emptiness and isolation at Hanging Rock and the Baltzer Lookout create the perfect atmosphere. A must-visit.

Lookouts in the Mount Victoria Area

25. Victoria Falls Lookout

Perched on a cliff edge high above the Grose Valley, the Victoria Falls lookout is the starting point of a short but very steep bushwalk to one of the prettiest waterfalls in the Blue Mountains.

Interestingly enough, the waterfall isn’t actually visible from the lookout. In other words, to see the waterfalls, you will have to head down into the valley.

Victoria Falls Lookout
Victoria Falls Lookout (map)

From the lookout, the track zigzags its way down into the valley. It’s an easy-to-follow path, first through an area of rocky outcrops and slowly turning into a greener, rainforest-like environment.

Victoria Falls is a stunning waterfall on the Victoria Creek that drops 20m from a rock overhang, with the nearby cascades further upstream also worth a visit.

26. Mitchell Ridge Lookout

The Mitchell Ridge Lookout is one of those rare lookouts in the Blue Mountains where in all likelihood, you won’t find anyone else around when you’re there.

This historic lookout is located along the Great Western Highway just before the Victoria Pass. The lookout offers scenic views over the valley to the south and the old Victoria Pass, which was opened in 1832 as the gateway to central and western NSW.

Mitchell Ridge Lookout
Mitchell Ridge Lookout (map)

The lookout is named after Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell, a surveyor and explorer who supervised the construction of the Victoria Pass. A monument at the lookout commemorates the opening of this historic piece of Australian engineering.

There’s another lookout very close to the Mitchell Ridge Lookout that is very similar. That one is called Sunset Rock Lookout and is only a kilometre away from Mitchel Ridge.

Although the views are similar, and we thought the Mitchell Ridge Lookout was a little better, it’s worthwhile to visit the Sunset Rock Lookout.

Lookouts in the Mount Wilson Area

27. Walls Lookout

The Walls Lookout is located in the Mount Wilson area of the Blue Mountains and can be accessed via the Bells Line of Road.

It is located on the other side of the Grose Valley, opposite the lookouts in the Blackheath area. With a bit of effort, you may even be able to see some of them.

Walls Lookout
Walls Lookout (map)

A short walking track from a car park on Bells Line of Road leads to the lookout, a large area on top of a cliff edge from where visitors can enjoy panoramic views.

The Mount Wilson area is typically a bit quieter, which also applies to Walls Lookout. It usually doesn’t get busy there, so there’s lots of space to wander around and enjoy the scenery.

 

FAQs About Lookouts in the Blue Mountains

The dense eucalyptus vegetation, which is causing that typical blue haze you can often see from the lookouts, is one of the reasons the Greater Blue Mountains Area was officially listed as a World Heritage site in the year 2000 by UNESCO.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about lookouts in the Blue Mountains.

What are the best Blue Mountains lookouts for tourists?

These are two lookouts in the Blue Mountains that are popular with tourists:

What are great lookouts in the Blue Mountains that involve bushwalking?

These are two lookouts in the Blue Mountains that require bushwalking to get to:

What are good Blue Mountains lookouts that are not so crowded?

These are two good lookouts in the Blue Mountains where you won’t see too many people around:

 

27 Best lookouts in the Blue Mountains

 

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